2015 has already seen several Chinese propaganda videos, from foreign students falling in love with President Xi Jinping to Britain and China being “closer thank you think”; but this video is the most bizarre (until the next).
The state news agency, Xinhua, tweeted the video above with the caption: “Wanna know what China’s gonna do? Best pay attention to the 十三五! See why it matters”.
十三五 translates to China’s thirteenth five-year-plan.
The animated video is an attempt by China to educate the Western public on the process behind their five-year plans. It’s a move away from traditional propaganda videos and even features a regrettably catchy-tune with some questionable lyrics:
“But who makes all the plans? / There’s government ministers and think tank minds /And party leadership contributing finds / There’s doctors, bankers and farmers, too / And even engineers who deal with poo!”
The response online has inevitably taken a mocking tone.
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